Weekly News Bulletin: 9 March 2015

Year 11 English Controlled Assessment Catch Up
Any Year 11 student who needs to catch up on English controlled assessment will be able to do so on Tuesday and Wednesday after school (3.30pm – 5.00pm) for the following three weeks.  These sessions will be run in B Block.  There will be a team of English teachers available to coach and assist the students.
Thank you for your support.
Miss V Cheyne – Head of English

Roadworks
Please be aware that the roadworks on the B184 will be moving down towards Beaumont Hill so please ask your son/daughter to be extra careful when walking to and from school as the road and footpath is very narrow in places.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Helena Romanes School will be held on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 5.30pm in the Learning Zone to transact the following business:

  • To receive the report of the directors and the accounts for the year ended 31st August 2014.
  • To appoint Mrs. Mandy Maass, Mr. Ruud Haket and re-appoint Mrs. Shirley Tyrell and Mr. Alan Soutar as directors of the company
  • To re-appoint Price Bailey as the company’s auditors until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the company at which accounts are before the members and to authorise the directors to determine their remuneration.

If you would like to attend the meeting please email pcallingham@hrs.education.
Thank you.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governors 

Information from Careers
For Year 12 and 13 students
A company called Pure Potential have sent information to HRS about a School Leavers’ Event they are holding on Friday 10th April at King’s Cross, London. This is an annual event and free to attend.

They work in partnership with global companies looking for high calibre students who are looking for an alternative to university.

The intention of the event is to provide students with the chance to network with leading employers, learn about opportunities available, and receive tips on how to make a successful application.  At the event, the students will:

•           Find out about entry requirements, salaries & qualifications
•           Practise interview & networking skills
•           Learn how to make a competitive application
•           Meet leading firms that offer school leaver programmes or apprenticeships

Various organisations have confirmed their attendance, namely ICAEW, Mazars, Deloitte/Grant Thornton/EY.  More employers have yet to be confirmed.

Students will be offered a choice of morning or afternoon sessions.

Eligibility: In order to register for the event, students must be predicted a minimum of 280 UCAS points, and be genuinely interested in school leaver programmes and apprenticeships.  Places are limited.

To register online, please visit the Pure Potential website:  http://www.purepotential.org and select the heading Events & Opportunities.

Please email dan@purepotential.org or phone 020 7122 1223 if you have any questions about the event.

All the careers related events advertised, or information given, on this site is done so in good faith and for general information purposes only.  Please note the school is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Co-ordinator

Trading Standards Institute Launch
Students are spreading the anti-smoking and anti-drinking message to their peers.

Year 8 students are working on the topic in their personal, social, health and economic education (PSHEE) classes.

Mrs Jackson, PSHEE Co-ordinator, attended a recent Trading Standards Institute launch at the Houses of Parliament to learn more about the organisation’s Create a Campaign competition.

The initiative invites young people to come up with a campaign to combat illegal underage sales and help to prevent the use of tobacco and alcohol products by children.

She said: “The aim of the campaign is to put shopkeepers off selling to underage children, but to also get children to create healthy lifestyle campaigns to combat these problems.

“The students will be asked to look at it from their perspective and to consider what they would do or say to encourage people to not smoke or drink.

“Last year, these students looked at healthy eating and exercise and the choices they make, so this is the next step on from that. We will take the best idea, develop it and use it around school.”

The winning school will receive a £1,000 boost in July.

Year 10 Cambridge University Visit
Aspirations were raised when students visited Cambridge University recently.

Year 10 students spent the day at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

They were introduced to university life, A-level choices and which degrees are suitable for which careers. They took a tour of the campus and got involved in activities with other visiting schools.

Student Sarah Brooks said: “The day was very enjoyable and made us think about our futures. We will be deciding our A-level subjects very soon so it is important that we are thinking about lives after school.”

A representative from the university visited HRS to speak to the whole year group after the trip.

BBC School Report
Budding journalists are preparing for their big day making national headlines.

Year 9 and 10 gifted and talented English students are taking part in this year’s BBC School Report.

The initiative sees students from around the country working to put together news reports against a deadline, uploading them to the BBC website for the world to see, on March 19th.

The HRS news team have already completed two practice runs, covering topics such as school injections, perceptions of teenagers and the dark side of social media.

Mrs Tulk, English teacher, said: “The students are looking forward to perfecting and adding to the news page on the school website as part of this enrichment project.”

Richard Murrell, BBC World News director, spent a day at HRS talking to students about his organisation and inspiring them to ask probing, difficult questions to get the best stories.

UniFest 2015
UniFest 2015 which will take place at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Saturday 7th March and in Chelmsford on 21st March.  UniFest is a free, action-packed day.  Visitors can take part in hands-on activities and explore a university campus setting.  It is a day to celebrate higher education, encouraging young people and families to think positively about university and how further study can realise ambitions.  I attended this myself last year and it was a great day and a fabulous opportunity to gain an insight into university life.  It is suitable for anyone aged 6-16 plus their families and friends.

For more information and to see the programme and book tickets please go to http://ww2.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/outreach_and_recruitment/students/unifest.html
Mrs Green – MFL Teacher and Co-ordinator for the Able, Gifted and Talented.

Easter Soccer Camp
Please see the attached link for an Easter Soccer School at HRS for students in Years 7 to 9: http://mrfa.co.uk/product/soccer-camp/